African American "Beulah Brown" premiered in 1939, when white american actor Marlin Hurt portrayed her on radio program "Hometown Incorporated." In 1943 "she" moved on to star in "That's Life" and in late 1944, walked over to play on the "Johnson's Wax Program with Fibber McGee & Molly."
In 1945, Marlin Hurt and Beulah spun off into "The Marlin Hurt and Beulah Show." Hurt suffered a fatal heart attack during the 1946 season, at which time white actor, Bob Corley, took on the role. Bob starred as Beulah until November 24 1947 when Hattie McDaniel became the first african american female to have star billing in a radio program, with her portrayal of "Beulah."
In 1952, due to illness, Hattie was replaced by Lillian Randolph and during the 1953-1954 season, Amanda Randolph portrayed Beulah, after taking over for Lillian, her sister.
* SOURCE: Wikipedia
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January 6, 2019 Subject:
Remembering the Beulah Show
The best comedy series that was on the radio in the 1940's & 1950's..I loved Marlin Hurt, then Bob Corley, but especially loved Hattie McDaniel, followed by Lillian and later Amanda Randolph...It was good, clean comedy...I listened to the Beulah Show on the radio for the duration of its' run, and then totally enjoyed the television show starring Ethel Waters, followed by Hattie McDaniel, and lastly Louise Beavers...Was very saddened when it was abruptly taken off the air..
June 24, 2012 Subject:
One of my favorites
As stated in another place here at the Archives, after school (grammer), my friend and I would go into a store-front building, and watch Hattie McDaniel, Marvin Miller (announcer), and others do the program. The building was on the south side of Fountain Avenue about three doors west of Normandie Avenue. Haddie McDaniel was very nice, and would tell my friend and I to stay in school and learn, Marvin Miller would alway kid around with us. Our family always liked this show.